Pamela Has a Problem
Connie is surprised when her friend Pamela comes to Odyssey for a surprise visit. The real surprise, though, is Pam's news: She's pregnant. Connie is torn up over the situation: after all, Pam helped lead Connie to Jesus. Pam's a good Christian girl, too — things like this aren't supposed to happen to people like her. What's worse, she hasn't told her parents yet. Pam feels it would destroy them if they knew their little girl wasn't the princess they thought. In fact, she's actually considering terminating the pregnancy at a clinic in Connellsville.
Connie tries to talk her out of having an abortion, as does Whit. They both urge her to call her parents. Pamela finally does, but before she can tell them, Pam learns that her 16-year-old cousin, Tammy, is also pregnant. The family is devastated. This convinces Pam, more than ever, that she must get an abortion.
Pam goes to the clinic and meets Lynn, another girl who is also scheduled for the procedure. They talk, and Lynn's callous and flippant attitude toward her pregnancy hits Pamela like a bucket of cold water. Pam realizes that inside her womb is a baby — a human life. Snuffing out that life would be murder. She simply can't go through with the abortion.
Back at Connie's house, Pam announces her decision to keep her baby and finds her parents waiting for her: they came to Odyssey after being told the truth back home by the baby's father, Pam's ex-boyfriend. They are ready to give their daughter the love and support she needs, and they all fly home together the next morning. It sounds like Pamela and her baby will have a happy ending after all.
Heard in episode
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|Bible Verse Mirror||Phil Lollar|
|Woman with Baby||Unknown|
|Pamela's Father||Bob Hoose|
|Pamela's Mother||Terey Summers|
|Lynn||Cheryl van der Zaag|
- This is one of the few episodes that Odyssey recommends that younger children shouldn't listen to.
- This episode is recommended for teenagers. A child should have a parent listening with them to discuss this episode and the lesson it teaches.
- Pamela makes her second appearance in this episode, though she is portrayed by a different actress. Her role in Connie's conversion during the events of #52: “Connie, Part 2” is mentioned in this episode.
- Phil Lollar's lines in this episode for the Bible Verse Mirror are taken from archive recordings.
- Why couldn't Pam go through with the abortion?
- How could you best help a friend who is pregnant?
- Why do you think human life is so important to God?